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June 18, 2014

Finding Old Friends on the Road

We had a really fun find in Kampot. Our tour guide from last summer’s Angkor Wat/Siem Reap (Cambodia but about 6-9 hours away from where we were this summer) turned up. He was taking a couple around the country for 10 days and they were staying in our hotel. Vanny was an amazing guide last summer. Very knowledgeable about history and culture plus current issues. He also quickly understood what we liked and so took us through forests and in to temples by scrambling over rocks etc. Made it fun for the kids.


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Ho Chi Minh

View of a street:

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The Littles and I headed to the zoo and a couple of museums today while the big boys went off to the tunnels. After the Killing Fields I thought we had enough of war for the younger two. We had to dodge heavy rain showers so spent time with Vietnamese families in the zoo restaurants sitting it out. The place is a bit decrepit in places but no worse than others I’ve seen. Last New Year we were there also and it was packed with families all out picnicking and enjoying the park like areas.

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June 21, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot, Hanoi!

Last New Year when we were in Saigon we had to skip going up to Hanoi as it was too cold and we don’t have the clothing (living in Dubai does that to you). So we wanted to come this summer but now I wish we could have come a couple of months ago. It is HOT here. High 90s plus 80% plus humidity. It’s cloudy though so you don’t realize it is so hot until you’ve walked for about 10 minutes and suddenly realize your entire body/hair and clothing are soaked. We are perpetually sweaty – isn’t that a fun picture of our family!

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June 27, 2014

Halong Bay

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We broke up our 8 days in Hanoi with a trip to Halong Bay, which is to the east. There is a new road to the coast so the drive was only 3.5 hours. There we boarded our small boat to ferry across to the junk.

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